Queensland's most experienced provider of specialised education and therapy services for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Brisbane & South East Queensland

The following programs and services are available to families of young children on the autism spectrum living in Brisbane and South East Queensland. They are delivered by members of our multidisciplinary team including teachers & teacher aides, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and psychologists.  

For information on our services for older children (school-age) click here

Early Childhood Intervention Group Programs

Early childhood intervention (ECI) group programs support children up to school entry age to develop the skills necessary for successful participation in-home and community life and transition into the next stage of their education. 

Autism Queensland’s ECI group programs provide intensive, evidence-informed intervention for children on the spectrum five years and under. Each group contains a maximum of six children and is led by either a speech therapist, occupational therapist, or teacher supported by two program assistants. Input from other relevant professionals is provided on a weekly basis.

Children attend for either two or three days during school terms. Most join the program at the beginning of the school year and attend for at least 12 months. All children receive an individual assessment before their enrolment commences. Families and Autism Queensland ECI staff jointly set your child’s goals for that term. These are reviewed at the end of each term and new ones set. This process continues throughout your child’s placement.

Autism Queensland's ECI group programs:

  • Recognise the specific needs of young children with autism
  • Recognise parents are crucial members of the team who will help your child achieve success
  • Use the child’s individual strengths and interests to motivate learning and develop skills
  • Teach skills that are meaningful and useful for each child
  • Utilise a positive approach to behaviour support which focuses on understanding the reasons for undesirable behaviour. 

For more information about accessing a place for your child, fees, NDIS funding etc please click on the link below and complete an Expression of Interest.

NB: A waitlist may apply to some groups. 

Delivered in SEQ at Autism Queensland Sunnybank Hills and Brighton.

Request a service  AQ ECI Approach Information Paper

Food School

This nine-week program follows the principles of the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding to help children develop positive eating habits and reduce anxiety around mealtimes. It aims to help children have positive experiences with food, learn about mealtime routines, decrease resistance to touching, tasting, and swallowing food, and expand the range of foods they will try.

Program dates:
Autism Queensland Brighton
  • Wednesday 15 July - Wednesday 9 September | Sessions held weekly (Wednesdays) 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm 
Autism Queensland Sunnybank Hills
  • Wednesday 15 July - Wednesday 9 September | Sessions held weekly (Wednesdays) 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Request a service  Download a flyer

PREParation Station

A group program for children on the autism spectrum and their parents that help prepare for a successful transition to mainstream Prep. Children will have the opportunity to participate in a group education setting, and build their pre-academic skills including handwriting, cutting and fine motor skills. Parents will also gain greater knowledge and understanding of their child's individual needs and be better equipped to support their child's transition to Prep. 

Program dates:
Autism Queensland Brighton
  • Monday 6 July - Friday 10 July | 9:00 am - 11:30 am each day
Autism Queensland Sunnybank Hills
  • Monday 6 July - Friday 10 July | 9:00 am - 11.30 am each day

Request a service   Download a flyer

Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)

The ESDM is an early intervention model for children under 5 years designed to target the key features of autism involving intensive teaching within a play-based curriculum. Read more ► 
Please note: Due to high demand and a long waitlist we are currently unable to take expressions of interest for this service at our Sunnybank and Brighton locations. Thank you for your understanding. 

Other Services:

Autism Queensland Sunnybank Hills

437 Hellawell Road, Sunnybank Hills

Autism Queensland Brighton

136 North Road, Brighton

P. 07 3273 0000

For information on programs, therapy and other services in Central Queensland, Mackay-Whitsundays and Far North Queensland please contact the Autism Queensland centre in that region. 

For all other areas of Queensland email us.